OP2034. LA FILLE DE MME ANGOT (Lecocq), Broadcast Performance, 1957, w.Etcheverry Cond. Claudine Collart, Henri Legay, Mathilde Casadesus, Robert Lilty, René Bourbon, Jacques Charon, etc.; HENRI LEGAY: Operetta Arias by Lehár, Johann Strauss, Millöcker, Messager & Varney. (France) Malibran 728. - 7600003777288
"Of the fifty or so stage works written by Lecocq he is best remembered for his contribution to opéra-comique. It is to this genre that this disc is dedicated. Of the stage works LA FILLE DE MME ANGOT is the most famous and was the most popular.
The Parisian, Charles Lecocq grew up surrounded by the theatre life of Paris. He studied under Auber and was a contemporary of Bizet and Saint Saëns at the conservatoire there. His music is at times characteristic of Offenbach but with more inventive and less monotonous orchestrations: Lecocq was a first class melodist."
- Raymond Walker, MusicwebInternational
“Henri Legay was a French operatic tenor, primarily French-based as his light lyric voice was especially suited to the French operatic repertoire. Born in Paris, he won First Prize at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1947, and began his career singing operetta. He made his operatic début at La Monnaie in Brussels in 1950, also appearing in Lausanne. He began a long association with the Opéra-Comique in 1952, as Gérald in LAKMÉ, quickly establishing himself as one of the leading tenors of his time. He left a few recordings, LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, LE ROI D'YS, and most notably MANON, opposite Victoria de los Ángeles and conducted by Pierre Monteux, widely regarded as the definitive recording of Massenet's opera. Along with such early twentieth century tenors as David Devriès, Georges Thill and Léopold Simoneau, Legay represented a lost style of French operatic singing.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron